In October, we asked young scientists how political priorities affect their ability to do and communicate science. We received a range of answers, some frustrated by political interference, others optimistic about the ability of political attention to effect change. Although many submissions focused on pleas for more science funding, we have focused our selection below on more specific examples. Because of the potentially sensitive nature of the question, we agreed to withhold the names of respondents upon request, after verifying their identities, to allow them to speak freely. In some cases we have printed excerpts of longer submissions (indicated by ellipses) and lightly copyedited original text for clarity.